Fender Blacktop Jaguar 90

A pocket-friendly way to (over-) drive a Jag

This latest version of Fender's sixties offset switches out the dual humbuckers of the existing Blacktop Jaguar HH for a pair of sweet-sounding P-90s. Like the HH, the new Jag comes sans the vibrato unit that plagued/made the original guitar.

In its place, the Jaguar 90 features a chrome Adjusto-Matic bridge and anchored tailpiece that suffers none of the tuning problems often present in the sixties guitar and its reissues.

"There's more edge on this alder- fuelled guitar than you'd expect from mahogany-bodied P-90 planks"

This Jag's alder body, slim-profile maple neck, big headstock and the crucial 24-inch scale length offer just enough Jag-style vibe to keep this guitar clinging to a branch on its family tree. Those looking for a cool alternative to a Gibson Les Paul Special should give it a go.

Sounds

If P-90s have passed you by, imagine them as fat-sounding single-coils; the chubby vibe is here in the Jaguar 90. Clean tones are bright, yet well-rounded, in all positions on the three-way switch. Add some overdrive for a lovely clang when you hit power chords with the bridge pickup engaged.

There's more edge on this alder- fuelled guitar than you'd expect from mahogany-bodied P-90 planks, but all those rock, mod and punk tones are in here. That edge also helps the clarity of the overdriven neck pickup, making it perfect for upper- fingerboard blues licks.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Tones. Playability. We don't miss the vibrato.

Cons

It's a Jaguar only in shape.

Verdict

As much as we like the existing Jaguar HH, we had our fingers crossed for a twin-P-90- loaded version. The Jaguar 90 is every bit as great as we hoped it would be.

Country of Origin

Mexico

Available Controls

3-way Pickup Selector Master Tone Master Volume

Available Finish

Candy Apple red (as reviewed), two-colour sunburst

Body Style

Jaguar

Bolt-on Neck

Yes

Bridge

Chrome Adjusto-Matic bridge and fixed tailpiece

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius

241mm (9.5-inch) radius

Guitar Body Material

Alder

Hardware

Vintage- style tuner

Neck Material

Maple

No. of Frets

22

Nut

Synthetic bone/42mm

Scale Length (Inches)

24

Scale Length (mm)

610

String Spacing

52

Year of Origin

2012

Pickup Switching

Three-way pickup selector toggle switch

Pickup Type

Two Blacktop Jaguar 90 single-coil pickups

Tremolo

No

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